Kiehl’s Celebrates 15 Years of New York City’s Pride Parade

To honor their 15 years of celebrating Pride, their 7th year as an official sponsor of the Pride parade, and supporting LGBTQ rights and equality in New York, Kiehl’s held their annual NYC Pride Kickoff Party at their historic flagship. The wonderful event was hosted, as always, by Kiehl’s President, Chris Salgardo, with a special performance by Canadian indie pop singing duo Tegan and Sara, and a music set by go-to party favorites, The Misshapes.

The Kiehl’s flagship location was packed corner to corner as guests enjoyed delicious cocktails, some great music, delicious eats from original Filipino Taqueria, 2ND City, who kept the crowd sated with their Bi-Curious Tacos (a choice of any two out of the available chicken, “fresh catch” fish, and short ribs), and Phin & Phebes Ice Cream kept the overheated crowd cool with their decadent flavors, like Pistachio Honeycomb, Peanut Butter Mallow, Vanilla Malt Cookie Dough, and Dark Chocolate Salty Caramel.

As they generously do every year,  Chris Salgardo and Kiehl’s made donations to some very wonderful charities. Actually, in honor of 15 years of Kiehl’s pride, he made several donations, four donations to be exact, each totaling $5,000.00.

The lucky donation recipients included the Ali Forney Center, the largest LGBT community center helping LGBT homeless youth in the US; The Hetrick-Martin Institute, the leading professional provider of social support and programming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) youth; NYC’s LGBT Community Center, a home and resource hub for the LGBT community, NYC residents and visitors where they can connect and engage, and find support; and The Tegan and Sara Foundation, a foundation that works for economic justice, health, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women. After the check presentations, we were treated to a wonderful performance by Tegan and Sara, who collaborated with Kiehl’s on a Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream, and Limited Edition Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream, where 100% of Kiehl’s net profits from the sale of these products benefited the Tegan and Sara Foundation (see above check for $5,000).

The Ultra Facial Cream is Kiehl’s best-selling 24-hour daily face moisturizer. It helps reduce moisture loss while drawing and absorbing moisture from the air, to continuously replenish moisture throughout the day. The Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream provides 24-hour hydration for normal to oily skin types. This non-greasy hydrator moisturizes and conditions skin with a fresh texture.

Some of the Kiehl’s NYC Pride Kickoff Party attendees include Orange is the New Black’s Kelly Karbacz, Fashion Designer Timo Weiland, Miss Jay Alexander of ANTM fame, smoldering UK import Cameron Moir, Exquisite, Miss Queens Sateen, and famed transgender model, celebutante, singer, and performance artist, Amanda Lepore (pictured below in the middle).

We have a great time dancing the night away at this great charity event. How did you celebrate Pride?

Kiehl’s Karaoke w/ Sandra Bernhard, Alan Cumming, & Lea DeLaria to Benefit The Ali Forney Center

Great news for skincare lovers and fans of Kiehl’s Since 1851 who live in and around Hell’s Kitchen, the skincare company welcomed a new location in the famed neighborhood and celebrated the opening with Karaoke and Caroling, all to benefit The Ali Forney Center.

The evening was emceed by Ladyfag (pictured above with Kiehl’s USA President, Chris Salgardo), and the event’s highlights included incredible karaoke performances by Sandra Bernhard, singing “Circus” by Britney Spears; Alan Cumming, performing “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie, and Lea DeLaria, who performed “Ring Them Bells,” in the style of Liza Minnelli from her concert “Liza With a “Z” concert. Chris Salgardo even took the mic with Ladyfag for a version of “Islands In The Stream!”

Chris Salgardo cut the ribbon on the new store, and presented a $10,000 to Carl Siciliano, Executive Director of The Ali Forney Center, as guests volunteered for karaoke, and enjoyed the addictive Banana Pudding from Magnolia Bakery (if you haven’t tried it, please do so, you won’t regret it) and refreshing Vita Coco Coconut water.

Notable guests included Billy Porter, who won a Tony for his portrayal of Lola in the musical Kinky Boots, designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra (who are just so hug-able), and Brian Wolk and Claude Morais of Ruffian, who partnered with Kiehl’s on a Limited Edition Kiehl’s X Ruffian Dopp Kit, which is available only at Kiehl’s Hell’s Kitchen store at 678 Ninth Ave.

The first 50 guests to arrive at 7:30 PM public opening received mystery Kiehl’s giftcards in increments of $10, $25, $50, $100, $500, and $1,000 prompting a line that just about wrapped around the block

Photos by: Leandro Justen/

NYC Event Alert | Sandra Bernhard & Lea DeLaria Join Kiehl’s for Karaoke to Celebrate Ali Forney Center

Calling all singers, extroverts, and those of you who need a little bit of libation for courage to sing in public. Kiehl’s Since 1851 has an amazing event coming up to honor The Ali Forney Center and to celebrate its new Hell’s Kitchen Store and Barber Shop with Karaoke and Caroling.

With Ladyfag as the Emcee and performances by Sandra Bernhard (comedienne, singer and actress), Lea DeLaria (singer, actress: “Orange Is The New Black”), and Betty Who (singer-songwriter), this event is sure to be another amazing Kiehl’s production. In its continued effort to give back to the communities in which it does business, Kiehl’s will donate $10,000 to The Ali Forney Center at the event which begins with a ribbon-cutting and check presentation to the center at 7:30 pm (the first 50 guests receiving a Mystery Gift Card from Kiehl’s, which could be worth $10, $25, $50, $100, $500, or $1,000) and continues on until 9 pm with karaoke open to all, and surprise celebrity performances. During the event the best-dressed and most festive holiday ensemble will win a year’s supply of Kiehl’s (retail value $1,000) while enjoying refreshments from Magnolia Bakery and Vita Coco. The event takes place at the new Kiehl’s Since 1851 Hells Kitchen location at  678 Ninth Ave at 47th St.

About The Ali Forney Center (AFC) 
Founded in 2002, AFC is the largest agency dedicated to serving homeless and runaway LGBT youth in New York City and in the nation. Our mission is to help homeless LGBT youth ages 16-24 to be safe, thrive, and become independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood by providing housing and a continuum of supportive and clinical services, in an effort to prepare them for successful independent living. On a typical day, AFC’s programming reaches nearly 300 homeless LGBT youth and over 1,000 unduplicated clients each year.

The Ali Forney Center was founded in honor of Ali Forney, a transgender teen, who was very familiar with the plight of homeless LGBT youth. Rejected by his parents, Ali ended up on the streets and turned to prostitution at age 13. Carl Siciliano first met Ali when he was 17 years old, when despite his troubles he was dedicated to advocating for the safety of other homeless LGBT youth. Ali was a committed HIV prevention worker, and aggressively advocated that the NYPD investigate a series of murders of the homeless transgender teens he had befriended. Ali was an inspiration to those who knew him. Tragically, in December of 1997, Ali was murdered on the streets. Committed to preventing further tragedies like Ali’s, Carl Siciliano and others founded the Ali Forney Center.